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Dear readers, here we are offering The Book Thief PDF to all of you. The Book Thief was originally published in 2005. This book is available in English and German languages. Liesel Meminger, Rudy Steiner, Hans Hubermann, Max Vandenburg, and Rosa Hubermann are the main characters of The Book Thief.

The Book Thief was written by Markus Zusak who is a famous Australian author. Markus Zusak was born on 23 June 1975 in Sydney, Australia. The Book Thief is an international bestseller. It is also translated into 63 languages. There are 16 million copies have been sold of The Book Thief.

The Book Thief – Book Overview

Author Markus Zusak
Illustrator Trudy White
Cover artist Colin Anderson/ X Pictures/Getty Images
Country Germany
Language English, German
Genre Novel-Historical Fiction, Bildungsroman
Published 2005 Picador
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 584
ISBN 033036426X
OCLC 183612599
LC Class PZ7.Z837 Boo 2007

The Book Thief Summary PDF

  • The Book Thief is about a young girl, Liesel, who grew up in Germany during World War II. Liesel is living with foster parents, Hans and Rosa. Throughout the story, Liesel steals many books.
  • At first, she doesn’t even know how to read, but she knows that the book is important. Hans notices and teaches her how to make sense of the letters.
  • Hans and Rosa are not Jewish, but they do not agree with the Nazi regime and privately fight against it by hiding a Jewish boy, Max, in their basement.
  • Their anti-Nazi sentiments remain a secret until one day Hans helps a Jew who is struggling to keep up with the group as they’re being marched to a concentration camp. In response, the soldiers whip both Hans and the man he helped.
  • Hans is worried that this incident will draw suspicion to his family and that Max is no longer safe in his basement, so he sends him away. After Max leaves, Liesel is given a book he made her,
  • ‘The Word Shaker,’ which he wrote about their friendship and a promise that they will be reunited. Hans is then drafted into the German army where he ends up breaking his leg and is sent home to recuperate.
  • Unfortunately, Max was not able to escape the Nazis, and Liesel sees him being marched through town one day on his way to the concentration camp. As the war continues, Liesel is given a blank notebook to write her story in. She names it ‘The Book Thief.’
  • One day her neighbourhood is bombed, and Hans, Rosa, and her friend Rudy are all killed. In the rubble, Liesel leaves her book behind. After the war ends and the Jews are freed, Max goes back to find Liesel, and they are happily reunited. The book ends with Liesel moving to Australia, having a family, and living at a ripe old age.

The Book Thief – Characters Cast Introduction

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Character Name

Character Detail

1. Death Death, the collector of souls, arrayed in any or all the world’s colours when it comes, narrates the story of a young girl coming of age during the horrific times of Nazi Germany and the Second World War. To the reader, Death insists that it “most definitely can be cheerful”, even affable, but also relates that it most certainly cannot be nice. And sometimes Death is “compelled” to take action in sympathy with the human story.
2. Liesel Meminger The protagonist of the story is an adopted girl on the verge of adolescence, with blonde hair. Her eyes, however, are brown. She is fostered by the Hubermanns after her biological father “abandons” their family due to being a Communist, her brother dies, and her mother is forced to send her to a foster home to avoid Nazi persecution. Liesel is the “book thief” referred to in the title because Liesel is fascinated by the power of words. Liesel stole books from a gravedigger, a bonfire, and the mayor’s wife, Ilsa Herman.
3. Hans Hubermann (Papa) Liesel’s foster father and husband of Rosa, Hans is a former German soldier during the First World War, accordion player, and painter. He develops a close and loving relationship with Liesel and becomes the main source of strength and support for her. He, like Liesel, doesn’t have much experience with reading. Together, the two help each other with reading and write all the words they learn on a wall in the basement. He helps Max because Max’s father saved Hans in the First World War.
4. Rosa Hubermann (Mama) Rosa is Liesel’s sharp-tongued foster mother. She has a “wardrobe” build and a displeased face, brown-grey tightly-cinched hair often tied up in a bun and “chlorinated” eyes. Despite her temper, she is a loving wife to Hans and a mother to Liesel. To supplement the household income, she does washing and ironing for five of the wealthier households in Molching. When she was introduced to Max the reader sees her soft side.
5. Rudy Steiner Liesel’s neighbour, Rudy, has bony legs, blue eyes, lemon-coloured hair, and a penchant for getting in the middle of situations when he shouldn’t. Despite having the appearance of an archetypal German, he does not directly support the Nazis. As a member of a relatively poor household with six children, Rudy is habitually hungry. He is known throughout the neighbourhood because of the “Jesse Owens incident”, in which he coloured himself black with charcoal one night and ran one hundred meters at the local sports field. He is academically and athletically gifted, which attracts the attention of Nazi Party officials, leading to attempted recruitment. His lack of support for the Nazi party becomes problematic as the story progresses. Rudy becomes Liesel’s best friend and later falls in love with her.
6. Max Vandenburg A Jewish fist-fighter who takes refuge from the Nazi regime in the Hubermann’s basement. He is the son of a First World War German soldier who fought alongside Hans Hubermann, and the two developed a close friendship during the war. He has brown, feather-like hair and swampy brown eyes. During the Nazi reign of terror, Hans agrees to shelter Max and hide him from the Nazi party. During his stay at the Hubermanns’ house, Max befriends Liesel, because of their shared affinity for words. He writes two books for her and presents her with a sketchbook that contains his life story, which helps Liesel to develop as a writer and reader, which, in turn, saves her life from the bombs falling on her.
7. Ilsa Hermann The wife of the mayor of Molching who employs Rosa Hubermann. She did fall into a state of depression after the death of her only son in the Great War. Ilsa allows Liesel to visit, read, and steal books in her personal library. She also gives Liesel a little black book, which leads Liesel to write her own story, “The Book Thief”.
8. Werner Meminger Liesel’s little brother, who unfortunately died suddenly on the train with his mother and sister, was transported to their foster parents. His death is what allowed the first book to be stolen, a gravedigger’s manual dropped by a young boy learning to work in the cemetery. He died by coughing blood, corroded brown in colour.
9. Paula Meminger (Liesel’s Mother) Liesel’s mother is only mentioned in the story a few times. Liesel’s father was taken away by the Nazis before the novel started because he was a Communist, and the reason her mother – Paula Meminger – was taking both her children to foster care was to save them from Nazi persecution. For a while, Liesel writes letters to her mother thinking there is a chance she is still alive. Like Liesel’s father, Liesel’s mother dies, but Liesel eventually does realize her mother gave her away to protect her.
10. Hans Jr (Hans’ and Rosa’s son) Hans Jr is the son of Hans and Rosa Huberman. He is very supportive of the Nazi party and fights with his father about it frequently. He is eventually sent to participate in the Battle of Stalingrad.

The Book Thief PDF – About the Author

Born Markus Frank Zusak
23 June 1975 (age 46)
Sydney, Australia
Occupation Writer
Education University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Arts and a diploma in education
Alma mater University of New South Wales
Period 1999–present day
Notable awards Margaret A. Edwards Award
2014
Spouse Mika Zusak
Children 2 children

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